Notice of Study Commencement
The County of Bruce has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process to consider options associated with replacement of the Durham Street Bridge which spans the Saugeen River along Bruce Road 4 in the community of Walkerton, Ontario (as shown on the accompanying key plan). Recent inspections of the structure have identified deterioration with several bridge components. The County is considering alternatives associated with the new bridge design as well as detour alternatives to allow traffic to detour around the site during construction of the new crossing.
The Environmental Assessment Process
The planning for this project is following the planning process established for Schedule ‘C’ activities under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) document. Schedule ‘C’ projects must complete all five phases of the Class EA, which is undertaken in order to identify potential environmental impacts associated with the proposal and to plan for appropriate mitigation of any impacts. The process includes consultation with the public, First Nation and Métis communities, project stakeholders and review agencies. This notice is being issued to advise of the start of study investigations. There will be additional opportunities for public input and involvement as the study progresses